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CAS Scoops Education Award
04 Dec 2014

In recognition of its initiatives promoting computing in primary and secondary schools, Computing At School (CAS) has won the 2014 Informatics Europe Best Practices in Education Award.

The award is a prestigious recognition of a world-class initiative in computing education and is presented by Informatics Europe, the association of computer science departments and research laboratories in Europe.

Simon Humphreys, National Coordinator, CAS, who was presented with the award at the 10th European Computer Science Summit, in Wroclaw, Poland said:

We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Infomatics Europe. It is fantastic to have our work as a community of teachers and professionals recognised in this way. Computing affects almost everything we do and it is important that children learn about the fundamentals of computer science from an early age. It is therefore vital that we support teachers delivering the new computing curriculum by helping them gain the skills and knowledge they need to inspire future generations - and ensure they have an excellent computing education.

The 2014 Award, sponsored by Microsoft, is devoted to curriculum initiatives promoting informatics education in primary and secondary schools. It recognises a successful teaching effort in Europe that:

  • has made a measurable difference in informatics education in schools
  • is widely applicable and useful for the teaching community
  • has made a measurable impact in its original institution and beyond it

Carlo Ghezzi, President of Informatics Europe added:

The emphasis that the new English National Curriculum places on teaching computer science as a foundational discipline (like maths or science) rather than a vocationally-oriented technology subject is in full agreement with Informatics Europe’s mission, and in particular with our report “Informatics Education: Europe cannot afford to miss the boat” and our Committee on European Computing Education. We know that CAS’s achievements have only been possible through its partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, together with support from the Department for Education, and we praise the contribution that the organisation has made to the reform of the computing curriculum.

The UK is now, in effect, establishing computing as a brand-new school subject, from primary school onwards. Doing so requires a major, sustained programme of teacher training, and our award is partly based on CAS’s leadership in doing so. The rest of Europe is watching with great interest what the UK has done, and looks forward to observing further progress.

Computing At School provides leadership and strategic guidance to all those involved in Computing education in schools, with a significant, but not exclusive focus on the Computer Science theme within the wider Computing curriculum. Through its network of teachers, local hubs, Master Teachers and University Partners it is providing workshops and resources to support local teachers, and build their confidence and skills for the new Computing curriculum.

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